• Vauxhall has revealed prices this week for its latest hatchback offerings, the Astra and the Corsa.

    The new Astra has a range of all-new powertrains, comprised of three-cylinder, turbocharged petrol and diesel engines with start/stop systems. The petrol engines are available in 1.2- and 1.4-litre versions, with power outputs from 110PS to 145PS. The 1.5-litre diesel engines offer 105PS and 122PS power outputs.

    Compared to the outgoing model, these engines offer CO2 reductions of up to 19% versus the outgoing model. All of the new engines are also compliant with Euro 6d (6.3) and RDE 2.

    Available to order this month, the Vauxhall Astra is available in hatchback or sports tourer body styles, with seven different trim levels. Prices for the hatchback start from £18,885, while the sports tourer begins at £20,355.

  • The new Corsa also benefits from all-new powertrains, including an entry level 1.2-litre (75PS) petrol unit and a three-cylinder, direct-injection turbocharged 1.2-litre (102PS) all-aluminium powertrain. The two petrol engines are joined by a three-cylinder, 1.5-litre diesel unit with 102PS and maximum torque of 250Nm.

    Vauxhall’s fifth generation Corsa has achieved a significant weight loss, with the new model weighing in from 980kg. Due to its lightweight design, the new Corsa weighs up to 108kg less than the outgoing model and results in the new range benefiting from improved performance, handling, and increased efficiency, whether it’s powered by a conventional engine or the electric motor in the Corsa-e.

    Available to order this month, the new Vauxhall Corsa starts at £15,550 for the entry-level SE model with the 1.2i (75PS) SE petrol engine with a 5-speed manual transmission. For a diesel, prices start from £17,560 for the 1.5D (102PS) SE.

    The all-electric Corsa-e is also available to reserve now, with prices starting at £29,990 (before gov grant).

  • Audi has shown off a new crossover version of the Audi A1 Sportback, the Audi A1 citycarver.

    With a ‘robust off-road look’, the citycarver boasts an additional 4cm of ground clearance over the Sportback version and has a higher ride height, as well as larger wheels as standard.

    Due to go on sale next month, pricing will be announced in the next few weeks. The A1 citycarver is expected to charge a premium over the A1 Sportback, which starts at £17,735.

  • Audi has also revealed a cheaper variant of its ‘flagship’ all-electric SUV, the Audi e-tron 50.
    With the current range only available with a 300kW output and a 95kWh battery, the e-tron 55 starts at £71,560.

    The new ‘entry-level’ e-tron 50 will instead offer a 239kW output and a 71kWh battery. Although the driving range will be reduced (from 241 miles to 186 miles) and the 0-60mph time slightly slower (from 5.7sec to 7sec), the new e-tron is expected to cost £10,000 less than the current model when it goes on sale next year.

  • Another ‘entry-level’ announcement is the new Porsche 911 Carrera. With the latest 911 range previously starting with the Carrera S, this new base model comes in at £84,128 and works out at around £10,000 less. Available in both Coupé and Cabriolet body styles, the 911 Carrera is powered by the same 3.0-litre flat-six engine as the Carrera S, but is detuned to produce a lesser 385hp (compared to 444hp).

    An all-wheel drive version, the Carrera 4, is expected to arrive in the near future, as well as a manual-gearbox version. The new Porsche 911 Carrera is available to order now.